Michigan State has the nation’s No. 21 recruiting class (a 10-spot jump from last month) and the fifth-best in the Big Ten, per the 247Sports composite rankings. The Spartans have commitments from 20 prospects, the latest coming from 3-star athlete La’Darius Jefferson on Saturday.
Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff have little room for more prospects to fill out the class. How will the Spartans complete their class on offense? Here are Land of 10’s latest projections:
* indicates current commitment
QB: Theo Day*
Michigan State landed its quarterback of the class in February, and Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child’s Theo Day since has elevated himself to a 4-star prospect. He will give the Spartans an accurate arm and underrated mobility should he sign, and he looks likely to do so. Michigan State will have extra time to groom him as he plans to enroll early.
RB: Elijah Collins*
Michigan State landed its only running back so far on Sept. 29, when University of Detroit Jesuit senior Elijah Collins made his pledge. Also an outside linebacker, he doesn’t shy away from contact and changes direction on a dime. Collins is the top in-state running back in 2018. Another RB commit would help depth, but the Spartans might not have room.
RB: La’Darius Jefferson*
Last month we predicted La’Darius Jefferson would eventually commit to Michigan State, but we had him on defense as a linebacker. As his future becomes more clear, the most likely spot for the Muskegon (Mich.) star quarterback looks to be running back. The Spartans would be wise to put the ball in his hands and let him make plays as he has proven he can.
WR: Julian Major*
Julian Major announced his decision in late July while on a visit to East Lansing. Major is from Pittsburgh but did not receive an offer from the Panthers and former Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. He led a quiet recruitment that is expected to end with a signed letter of intent on Dec. 20 before he enrolls early.
WR: Ja’Vez Alexander*
Javez Alexander committed to Michigan State as a little-known quarterback projected to transition to wide receiver in college. Now he is a 3-star prospect, but he still is listed as a dual-threat QB by recruiting sites. The 6-foot-2 Sandusky (Ohio) native gives the Spartans an elusive receiver with good size. Like Day and Major, he intends to enroll early.
WR: Tommy Bush
This prediction serves as a placeholder of sorts. No wide receiver prospects have clearly stood out as the most likely to end up at Michigan State, but Bush seems like a solid possibility. The 4-star Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas) wideout took an official visit for the weekend of the Penn State game and had an almost otherworldly experience.
“That’s something that I can’t really explain,” Bush said of the environment. “Just the atmosphere itself, it was just different.”
With all the offers extended to him, Michigan State will have to pull off a bit of a surprise to land him. Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and more have been pushing hard. The Spartans are in a good spot, but this race is far from over. Bush said he doesn’t plan to make his decision until January.
TE: Trenton Gillison*
A 4-star prospect from Pickerington (Ohio) Central near Columbus, Trenton Gillison didn’t wait to see if he’d get an offer from Ohio State. He chose the team he felt had shown the most love and the place where his teammate, 4-star defensive back Xavier Henderson, also committed. Gillison is the Spartans’ highest-rated offensive commit and a gem of the class.
OL: Dimitri Douglas*
Dimitri Douglas picked up a good haul of MAC and Ivy League offers in the spring, but once Michigan State offered, the Saline (Mich.) standout quickly committed. A 3-star prospect who could end up at tackle or on the interior, Douglas has the familial connection — his sister attends Michigan State — to keep him with the Spartans.
OL: Jacob Isaia*
This one was a long time in the making. Jacob Isaia’s grandfather, Michigan State legend Bob Apisa, took him to campus before he was being recruited. Years later, he committed after an official visit for the Iowa game on Sept. 30. Michigan State likes the Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) senior’s versatility, and he eventually could end up at center.
OL: James Ohonba*
Before anything else, what stands out about James Ohonba is his 6-foot-4, 345-pound frame. He looked massive on his official visit next to his host, former Woodland (Stockbridge, Ga.) teammate and current Michigan State defensive back Shakur Brown. Now they’ll be reunited, and the Spartans have yet another Peach State commit.